Discovering God’s Plan for You

Planning is one of the most essential skills one can possess. While some have an innate ability to plan, others may find it challenging. They may rely on spontaneity and go with the flow. Regardless of whether you have excellent or poor planning skills, we all plan at some point in our lives. We plan for our marriages, finances, jobs, friends, social life, and spiritual life. Interestingly, did you know that God has a plan for you?

I can already hear someone say, “God doesn’t have a plan for me,” preferring to follow the tune of “Que Sera, Sera” – whatever will be, will be. But let me tell you, if you don’t believe in God’s plan, the devil surely has a plan for you. But does it have to be so black and white? Can’t we find a middle ground? Maybe something like “I’ll do my own thing whenever and however I want.” Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? But let’s dive deeper into God’s plan. He has a plan for your past, present, and future, and it’s all laid out in Jeremiah 29. 

Jeremiah had prophesied about a 70-year exile to Babylon, but many Jewish leaders disagreed. Jeremiah encouraged them to build homes, plant vineyards, and pray for peace and prosperity. And it’s in this context that we find the famous words, “For I know the plans I have for you.”

Let’s hop on a thought train and ponder on God’s epic blueprint for your life. Do you want to live in sweet serenity and abundance or rebel against the plan? John 10:10 spells it out, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (NLT)
The thief in this verse refers to Satan, who loves to steal all that’s rightfully yours, like family harmony, financial security, and a bright future for the young ones.
But, hold up! Jesus, through his death and resurrection, wants to give us all a life that’s loaded with greatness and joy( a rich and satisfying life) You might wonder, “Is a rich and satisfying life really God’s plan for me?” You betcha, it is! And when life throws curveballs, remember that God has a plan no matter how hard your situation may be.

My journey towards finding God did not begin in a good Christian home, in fact, it was quite the opposite. It wasn’t until my twenties when I hit rock bottom, struggling with a moral failure, lack of purpose, identity crisis, and a life of sin. It was difficult to let go of that lifestyle. I enjoyed the pleasures of sin and accepted the consequence of pain & shame as my fate and future. However, God intervened in my life through a close friend. I was faced with a choice to continue living a rebellious life or to pursue the authentic and fulfilling path that God offered. It wasn’t easy to choose the latter as I had grown accustomed to rejection, abuse, pain, and poverty, accepting them as my lot in life. It was challenging to believe that God had a good plan for me, and to see the goodness of God.

A Call to Surrender
Life can be tough, and like many, you may have faced hurt and pain. Whether you’ve accepted the notion of “whatever will be, will be” or have taken your life’s direction into your own hands, I once felt this way too. However, I made a paradigm shift by surrendering my life to the Holy Spirit’s control. If you can relate and feel the Holy Spirit urging you to consider His plan for your life, I encourage you to surrender everything to Jesus. The pain, hardship, challenges, and weaknesses can all be relinquished. I believe that God’s grace will empower you, so please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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